Mohamed Toure, the son of the first Guinean president, Ahmed Sekou Toure, and his wife were sentenced to seven years in prison and nearly $ 300,000 in forced labor compensation.
Mohamed Touré and his wife, Denise Cros-Touré, both 58 years old, were sentenced in early 2019 after being charged last year for mistreating and neglecting for 16 years a girl they had brought from Guinea to Guinea. Texas in 2000 when she was only 5 years old.
The couple is accused of imposing forced labor on the girl for 16 years. According to American justice, the girl had to take care of their children, cook, clean and mow the lawn without pay, until the day she managed to escape from their Southlake residence in 2016 with the help of neighbors .
They were facing a maximum penalty of 20 years for forced labor, 10 years for conspiracy to commit foreigners, and 5 years for foreigners. They were sentenced Monday and their lawyer said he was satisfied with the reduction of the sentence.
Scott Palmer, Mohamed Touré’s lawyer said that the couple did not pay the girl for her work because she was like a family member “They did not pay her, but you do not pay the family members to clean your own house … she lived there, like everyone else. “
However, the Justice Ministry said that the couple subjected the girl to physical, emotional and verbal punishment when she disobeyed them or did not perform her tasks as planned.
The Justice Department said the couple could lose their US immigration status and be deported to Guinea after serving their sentence.
“I hope that today’s sentence brings some justice and healing to the victim, who has suffered indescribable trauma because of the heinous crimes of the accused,” said Deputy Attorney General Eric Dreiband in a statement. Press.
“The defendants robbed him of his childhood and his work for years, enriching himself while leaving him with pain and an uncertain future,” he added.
Mohamed Touré is an important personality in Guinea thanks to his father, Ahmed Sekou Touré. He has been the leader of a political opposition party in Guinea, but he has neither diplomatic immunity nor status.